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The Government’s Solution to Youth Unrest is to Send Them to Adult Prisons


Four more young people have been sent to an adult prison in Victoria, after allegedly being involved in the state’s continued rioting at juvenile detention centres. On Monday, a magistrate ruled the youths couldn’t be controlled in youth custody, and threatened the safety of the juvenile detention centre. Rioting broke out at Malmsbury youth justice ...

Aussies Demand Federal Corruption Watchdog


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim More than 80 per cent of Australians believe a watchdog is required to make federal politicians accountable, similar to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in NSW. The new poll of 2285 Australians- carried out on Thursday night by data analysis firm ReachTEL- was gauged the public’s reaction to ...

Who’s at Fault? Dash Cam Video Sparks Controversy


A video published on the website of Dash Cam Owners Australia has sparked heated debate on social media pages, with some arguing that the police officer was at fault by plunging forward into another car, while others are adamant that the driver could and should have given way to the police vehicle. The dash cam ...

Centrelink to Amend its Flawed Debt Recovery Process


When Centrelink tweeted the Lifeline suicide helpline number in December, many began to realise the magnitude of the problems with the agency’s debt recovery initiative. Social media posts painted a concerning picture of an understaffed, under-resourced agency that could not cope with the pressure of its campaign to quickly recover alleged debts. At least 70,000 ...

Raids on Medical Marijuana Producers: Making Way for Big Business?


Over the last seven weeks, police have made two high-profile raids of medicinal cannabis producers in Australia. The Ubuntu Wellness Clinic was raided in Newcastle on December 1. NSW police seized 215 plants from a hydroponic operation run by a group called the Church of Ubuntu. The church were one of the largest suppliers of ...

Motorcycle Club Member in Court Over Brawl


A high-ranking motorcycle club member is facing court after a brawl at Wallsend in the Hunter Valley just before Christmas – and police are talking tough, promising to crackdown on club members in the region. Police attended the scene on December 9, where they say a group of men were fighting with weapons including a ...

January is ‘Divorce Month’ for Family Lawyers


The end of the year is meant to be a time to relax and unwind with family and friends. But for many, the financial pressures and unrealistic expectations of Christmas and New Year’s can take a heavy emotional toll. Add excessive alcohol and a claustrophobic atmosphere to the mix, and festivities can turn sour, leading ...

Aussie Singer Charged with Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It was a big weekend for Australian singer Shannon Noll. The star, who rose to fame as the runner up of Australian Idol in 2003, was involved in an incident with a bouncer outside an Adelaide nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning, where he ended up being ...

NSW Lockout Laws: An Insider’s Experience


On the 24th of February 2014 the NSW Government imposed unprecedented restrictions on hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs and karaoke bars in two designated areas, known respectively as the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct and Kings Cross Precinct, these restrictions included: A 1.30am entry lockout; A 3.00am cessation of alcohol service; and a range of other restrictions ...

Don Dale Detainees Set to Sue Government


By Zeb Homes and Ugur Nedim Two former detainees at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre will be bringing a civil action against the Northern Territory Government. Twenty-year old Aaron Hyde and eighteen-year old Dylan Jenkings will be commencing proceedings for several alleged abuses, including fresh allegations of a tear gassing incident in April 2016. Abuse ...